Punta del Este is a very pretty city on the ocean with great restaurants and friendly people. It is very busy in the summer as Argentinians come here to vacation. We were there in the low season so things were slower and more private.
Our hotel was on the water and we enjoyed walking the beach in the mornings. You can see how vacant it is in the below picture. However, it should be noted that many South Americans enjoy going out at night to dance and fellowship (especially on the weekends) so not seeing people on the beach in the morning isn't that odd. James and I awake and walking the beach before 8:00 a.m. was odd.
Our favorite restaurant in Punta del Este, Casa de los Terre, is across from the bay where lovely boats are moored. The spot isn't that fancy but the food is incredible and the service impeccable. Plus, the views from the tables by the open windows are gorgeous.
I usually don't have dessert but it was included in our meal and my goodness, it was worth the calories. Dulce de leche is a popular ingredient in Uruguay and made up this dish with mini pancakes, ice cream and shot with Baileys. To. Die. For.